A family trip to the museum is a wonderful way to combine outdoor adventure with learning new things and has lots of other benefits – from boosting language development to encouraging new ideas. Discover our favourite museums with outdoor spaces in the UK.
Read on if you are looking for exciting activities for this weekend, and discover our top 10 outdoor museums to visit with your children.Gardens, perfect for spotting urban wildlife or just relaxing. Before leaving, say hello to the famous stuffed walrus – you surely will not miss this giant as it is sitting in the very centre of the main exhibition hall.
Beamish, the world-famous open-air museum, is the perfect place to discover what life was like in North East England during the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s. It is a fascinating living museum set in 300 acres so prepare to walk a lot! Head to Beamish to spend an exciting day out with your family – visit the 1900s Town, discover the 1900s Pit Village, explore the 1900s colliery, see Rowley Station as it looked it Edwardian times and, last but not least, visit the 1940s farm. The museum is huge and walking from one section to another might take some time. Make sure you bring waterproof jackets and wellies - we all know how unpredictable British weather can be.
The Weald and Downland Living Museum is an open-air museum with a 40-acre site where you can discover rescued rural buildings and learn more about how people lived and worked. There are more than 50 buildings to visit – shops, workers’ cottages, a watermill and many more.
Natural History Museum is the perfect place to discover the urban flora and fauna. Visit the Wildlife Garden. home to more than 3,000 species. Look out for dragonflies flying around the ponds, spot some unknown and beautiful flowers and finish your day with a visit to the museum.
The Black Country Living Museum is a fantastic 26-acre outdoor museum located in the centre of the Black Country, 10 miles from Birmingham. Built on the former industrial land, the museum tells the story of the industrial revolution and includes over 50 buildings and objects such as school, shops or preserved mine shafts.
Head to V&A to discover the world of decorative arts and design (it is home to more than 2.3 million objects!) and let your children burn off energy in the fantastic and spacious courtyard.
Discover how the people of Wales worked, lived and spent their free time. There are more than 40 buildings rebuilt from different historical periods to explore. For safety reasons, the historic buildings and galleries remain closed, but you can view them from the outside and learn more about their history from the information alongside each property.